Are you RE rider? You got to read this…

Finally it was decided to go to Shimoga & camp at friend’s farm. This being my first long distance motor bike ride, I was totally unprepared & never bothered to prepare for it. No rain jacket, no water proof bag or rain-fly, no safety guard. I was completely drenched by the time I reached Nelmangala from Electronic city via Nice road. Even the clothes inside my rucksack. Two of my friends – Shilesh & Amith joined me (Sujeeth) in their RE Std 500CC & Himalayan. Funny thing, I was on Dream Neo (110CC) & they never had to wait for me to catch up with them during the entire trip!. In fact, I waited for them for half an hour on one occasion. We camped at a Daba near Chitradurga, shivering & riding all the way..

Slept with semi-wet cloths, next day wore¬† fresh wet clothes & started to Sigandur. Story cut short – We visited Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, crossing over the backwaters on ferry which is worth mentioning because of scenic beauty & rest to “bums on fire”. We started to Khandya, near Aldur, Chikmagalur. We realized that we’ll have to ride almost till early morning to reach our destination, so we decided to camp at a temple ground at Theerthahalli. Amith had lost bungee cords & few other stuff (he lost his wallet too by the time we came back home!!).

Ground seemed famous place with too many mid-night visitors coming over & leaving immediately after seeing our tents. Lucky us, there was no vandalism…

Next day before departing, I made my bag water proof with 2 garbage bags as it was cloudy. Visited Khandya after 15 long years, yet the memories of fast flowing Bhadra River, Cricket, Homa & pujas, Hospitality at priest’s house, Akki Rotti still very clear in my mind. River was not too fierce & we ended up spending 2-3hours playing & chatting nothing.

We all left from a daba near hassan & I could not see them overtake me the entire stretch from Hassan to Nelmangala. At the end of the trip, I wondered what if I was riding RE! Both of them took too many breaks in between, missed correct route while I rode non-stop without single rest between destinations to keep up avg speed of theirs!

On serious note, RE demands more adventurous rides, much more than 1153Km in two days. Let’s plan it……

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